Twelfth place for Gagne in Aragón Race 1

Jake Gagne equalled his best position of the year in a closely-contested Race 1 at Aragón as the American rider claimed twelfth place, while his fellow Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team rider Leon Camier was unfortunately involved in an incident on lap 3 which called an early finish to his race.

Having qualified in ninth and thirteenth place respectively, Camier and Gagne were primed for a good fight in dry conditions for Race 1. Camier got a good start and found himself as high as fifth place on the opening lap, however while running in eighth place he was involved in an incident at turn 11. Following the incident, Camier was treated by medical staff on site and although he is fully conscious with full movement of his limbs, he was taken to hospital in nearby Alcañiz for further assessment. At this stage there is no indication whether he will be fit to participate in Race 2 tomorrow.

The incident involving Camier resulted in the race being red flagged and after the restart, a shortened 17-lap race got underway with Gagne resuming his push for a top-ten position. Gagne managed to keep a consistent pace throughout the race and ultimately was just half a second from a top-ten place, crossing the finish line in twelfth place and adding another four points to his points tally for the season.

The next session is tomorrow’s fifteen minute Warm Up session at 09:35 local time (GMT +2)  before Race 2 gets underway at 13:00.

Jake Gagne

Jake Gagne 45

It was great to get a full race under my belt here in Aragón and I enjoyed having some close racing in that big group of riders. As well as scoring more points, I was able to learn a lot about which sections of the circuit we’re strong in and where we need to improve, so we’ve now got a lot of information on how to change some settings to improve things for Race 2. It’s a real shame that Leon was caught up in an incident, it’s never nice to see riders get hurt so I wish him a speedy recovery.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

Today with the dry weather we tried to make up for lost time and improve our settings in FP4 and qualifying and we were looking forward to putting up a good fight in the race. Unfortunately, today we saw the unpleasant side of racing with the incident Leon was involved in, but thankfully he appears to have no serious injuries but has been taken to hospital for further assessment. I would like to commend the circuit and medical staff for their prompt actions after the incident. On the positive side, it was great to see Jake put in a good race and he was just a few tenths from a top-ten place, however P12 matches his best result of the year. We have some adjustments we can make in Warm Up to help him fight for more points in Race 2, so we’ll once again push to the maximum tomorrow.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Aragón Round

MotorLand Aragón, Spain

WorldSBK 2018, Round 3

Dry / 11

Saturday 14 Apr 2018, 12:20 UTC
  • Air Temp: 11°C
  • Humidity: 78%
  • Ground Temp: 18°C

# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 31’38.578
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +1.450
3 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 16 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.473
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.108
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +8.932
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +9.450
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 9 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +9.985
8 Michael Rinaldi ITA 8 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +19.303
9 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR 7 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +26.081
10 Román Ramos 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +26.325
11 Loris Baz 76 FRA 5 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +26.571
12 Jake Gagne 45 USA 4 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +26.858
13 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +27.219
14 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL 2 Team Pedercini Kawasaki +28.340
15 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 1 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +28.400
16 PJ Jacobsen 99 USA 0 Triple M Honda World Superbike Team Honda +30.799
17 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +58.926
NC Leandro Mercado 36 ARG 0 IodaRacing Team Aprilia DNF
NC Jordi Torres 81 SPA 0 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta DNF
NC Leon Camier 2 GBR 0 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda DNF
NC Vladimir Leonov 5 RUS 0 SPB Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
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